Wikipedia defines a skunkworks project as this: A skunkworks project is a project developed by a small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation. The term originated with Lockheed’s World War II Skunk Works project. The term typically refers projects developed in semi-secrecy. Steve Jobs created a skunkworks project to develop the Macintosh computer.
TIA has its own version of a skunkworks – it’s called HotRod and carries its own distinctive icon, derived from the original TIA icon:

Our “small and loosely structured group…” is a brain trust of people, who can be called upon to advise TIA and its sponsors. Their combined expertise and comradery, as well as important sponsor-manufacturer implication, can be channeled into any special project, and TIA has several exciting projects in the wings. Check out our HotRod project pages, each with their own unique “Codename”, and stay tuned to the TIA website, LIVE SOUND Magazine and ProSoundWeb, and our Facebook page for more details! Trust us, you won’t want to miss this!